I've not been keeping up with the recording of my reading that I wish to remember. So here is a very partial accounting of the books read in the period from July to now:
1. Basho and His Interpreters: Selected Hokku with Commentary edited by Makoto Ueda
2. Walden by Haiku by Ian Marshall
-interesting project of extracting haiku from Thoreau's prose, but finally unconvincing
3. Two-Timing Modernity: Homosocial Narrative in Modern Japanese Fiction by J. Keith Vincent
-subtle and persuasive study of how the Japanese texts betray both the feudal past and the longed-for modernity. Insightful analysis of Natsume Soseki's Kokoro and its critical reception.
4. Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
- a most subtle tripartite structure: like a haiku?
5. Botchan by Natsume Soseki
-witty, a light work
6. State of War by Ninotchka Rosca
-too much exposition but memorable characters.
7. After You by Cyril Wong
-he does survival in different voices
8. Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wislawa Szymborska
-Why do I not feel the same frisson as before?